ANNOUNCING MY NEW BOOK – “UNWALLED POETRY – A DIFFERENT DEVOTIONAL EXPERIENCE”

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Good morning all!

Are you looking for a devotional that’s different and that will give you a different, yet meaningful devotional experience; a devotional that’s relatable, enjoyable, and based on life’s realities, yet grounded in the Word, challenging and impactful to your spiritual growth and practical understanding of God?

I am pleased to announce the release of my new book, Unwalled Poetry – A Different Devotional Experience published by Christian Living Books.

In February of 2010, I started “Unwalled” to encourage, edify, and inspire the Body of Christ in the Bahamas and beyond.

To vary the blog’s content, I occasionally posted original poems birthed out of my own experiences as well as those of others that spoke to various spiritual, personal, and social issues in an easy-to-read relatable way.

The result was that God used the poems to minister to and bless the lives of persons all around the world.

Unwalled Poetry is a collection of poems from “Unwalled” compiled in one volume just for you.

Apart from its content, what makes this book unique is that unlike other poetry books, it is specially formatted for you to read and meditate on one poem and its related scripture a day, making it a different and exciting devotional.

After reading each poem and scripture, I invite you to reflect on and answer the following two questions:

  • What do you believe God is speaking to your heart?
  • How will you apply this revelation to your life?

Taking this additional step will further enrich your devotional experience, challenge you to a deeper walk with the Lord and increase your spiritual growth.

Unwalled Poetry also works well as a group devotion/discussion tool. A poem and accompanying scripture can be chosen for the group to read, then each person can share what they believe God is saying to them and how they plan to apply the revelation to their life.

In short, Unwalled Poetry is a book for persons who are looking for a devotional that’s different and that will give them a different, yet meaningful devotional experience.

Unwalled Poetry is available online in paperback and as an e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Google Books and other distributors worldwide. 

(Remember, you don’t need to own a Kindle to read Kindle books or a Nook Tablet to read Nook books, you can use free apps on your phone or device, or just read it using an internet browser.)

It’s available locally in the Bahamas at The Bible Book & Gift Center – Palmdale Shopping Plaza, The Hallmark Store – The Mall at Marathon, and Logos Bookstore – Harbour Bay Shopping Center, East Bay Street, or from me personally.

It is my prayer that God uses Unwalled Poetry to encourage hearts, edify spirits, and inspire souls all around the world…that He uses it to lead persons into a richer, deeper, fuller relationship with Him and with others…that He uses it to birth indelible change in lives for His honor and glory.

Whether used for morning contemplation, afternoon stimulation or evening relaxation, individually or in a small group, Unwalled Poetry will be a blessing to you.

Be encouraged to buy your copy today.

Here’s the Amazon link allowing you to buy, share and preview Unwalled Poetry.

 

Here’s the publisher’s link as well as those to Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

http://christianlivingbooks.com/clbookstore.html#!/Unwalled-Poetry/p/80989160/category=11

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/unwalled%20poetry

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/710522

Abundant Blessings,

Kim

https://www.amazon.com/author/kimsweeting

 

 

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OVERWHELMED?…THIS MAY HELP YOU

OVERWHELMED?…THIS MAY HELP YOU 

PART 1

IT’S IMPORTANT TO FIND THE RIGHT BALANCE

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Romans 8:14; Luke 14:26)

 

Do you feel overwhelmed?

Do you feel like your life is out of balance?

I originally posted this in April of 2010 and August 2013 but felt a need to repost it again to help Believers who find themselves overwhelmed because of imbalance in their lives.

Be blessed!

Kim

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Today we live in an extremely demanding age with a myriad of voices constantly calling out after us.

They call out after our mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual resources, after our money, our attention, our time, and sometimes even after our sense of sanity.

They call out after our mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual resources, after our money, our attention, our time, and sometimes even after our sense of sanity.

They call out through family, friends, church, employers, co-workers, social organizations, neighbors, television, radio, Internet, newspapers, magazines, social media, smart phones, electronic devices,  and the list goes on.

They say, “come here”, “go there”, “buy this”, “eat that”, “dress like this”, “you must have that”, “give this”, “read this”, “spend time here”, “never go there”, “join us”, “email me”, “text me”,”message me”, “follow me”, “listen to me”, “like me”, “do this”, “do that”, “do the next…and on and on and on.

We are seemingly bombarded with endless demands, and we can not be all things to all people, so the question is:

How do we find the right balance in all of this?

From a Kingdom perspective, I believe that a key to finding the right balance is:

Being in the right place at the right time doing the right thing as determined by God.

Jesus’ life was a perfect demonstration of this. He was always in the right place at the right time doing the right thing as determined by God, our Father, not as determined by His disciples, family, friends, emotions, circumstances, or even crises.

For example, in John chapter 11 when Jesus heard that Lazarus was extremely sick, He did not drop everything and rush off to heal him, but instead, remained where He was for two more days before leaving to deal with the issue.

If you read the account, in verse 2, the scripture makes it a point to let us know that the Lazarus who was sick was the brother of Mary who had anointed Jesus with the precious ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, in verse 3 it makes it clear that Jesus loved Lazarus, and in verse 5, it makes it clear that he also loved Mary and Martha.

Nevertheless, in spite of the circumstance and who it involved, Jesus did not allow the relationships or emotions to move Him out of divine position or timing. He got His instructions from God, our Father, and simply did as directed.

What do you think you would you have done in this circumstance?

Had Jesus succumbed to the emotion and the pressure of the situation, He would have lost His place of right balance, gotten out of the position and timing of God and aborted the purpose of the event which according to verse 4 of John 11 was, “for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby”.

Have you ever aborted the purpose of a situation because you were not Spirit led?

Jesus’ life was driven by doing His Father’s will.

In fact in John 6:38, He says that He came down from heaven “not to do His own will but the will of the one who sent Him”. His life personified right balance because He always sought to obey God our Father at all times no matter the situation, who it involved or the probable consequences.

If we desire to find the right balance in our lives, we need to approach life as Jesus did and have a Spirit-driven, not people, emotion, or circumstance driven lifestyle.

In this whole process of finding the right balance, there is a fundamentally important point to take note of:

There is no universal state of right balance; finding the right balance is a very personal, God-defined thing.

In other words, what is the right balance for you may not necessarily be the right balance for me and, what is the right balance for me may not necessarily be the right balance for you.

It is important to keep this in mind because it minimizes the temptation to be judgmental about other people’s decisions, and it also reminds us that we are each personally responsible for finding the right balance in our own lives and no one else can do it for us.

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.

(Proverbs 3:5-6 MSG)

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh our souls.]
 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.

(Matthew 11:28-29 AMPC)

                                                                                                        ………..to be continued

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

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“Finding The Right Balance – Part 1” Copyright © 2010 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

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WHAT ARE YOU WEARING?

WHAT ARE YOU WEARING?

 

WELL-DRESSED MEN?

WELL-DRESSED MEN?

 

WELL DRESSED WOMEN?

WELL-DRESSED WOMEN?

 

What Are You Wearing?

As people of God, it’s amazing how we can be so concerned about what we wear physically, yet not be as concerned about our spiritual clothing.

On a daily basis, we look at our natural clothing and decide what we will wear. It is not even unusual for us to find out the dress code of special events then go to great lengths to prepare in advance what we will wear to make sure that we go “looking right”.

But do we do the same with our spiritual clothing?

Are you as concerned about your spiritual wardrobe as you are about your natural wardrobe?

When you plan what you will wear each day, is your plan inclusive of what you will be wearing spiritually, or is it limited to the clothes in your closet?

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be concerned about our physical appearance and clothing.

However, as people of God, we need to beware that our concern for our natural clothing does not take precedence over our concern for what we are wearing in the spirit and that is, therefore radiating from our being.

God is far more concerned about how we’re dressed in the spirit than how we’re dressed in the natural.

As a matter of fact, He’s so concerned that He has provided some specially designed spiritual clothing for us and actually instructs us to take off the old clothing that we came into the Kingdom wearing and to put on these new garments that are now available for us.

So, what are some of the old garments that God instructs us to put off? What are some of the things that many of us came into the Kingdom wearing that we need to get rid of?

Colossians 3:8 (KJV) tells us to, “Put off anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, and filthy communication out of our mouths”.

Are you still wearing any of these?

Well if you are, it is time to update your spiritual wardrobe.

Think about it.

What good is it if we are all dressed up and accessorized in the natural, perhaps even with fragrant perfume and cologne on too, yet get angry or vexed and fly off into a rage for every little thing, have a nasty attitude, harbor unforgiveness, have bad and depraved ways, are mean, proud, unloving, speak evil about others and even God, and have filthy communication coming out of our mouths?

What good is it for us to be dressed up and “stylin” in the natural, yet “raggedy” in the spirit? – How profitable is that?

The answer is – not profitable at all!

As a matter of fact, if at any time this profile depicts you or me in any way, even though we may think that we look good and are well-dressed because our bodies are adorned in the latest styles and fashion, as far as God is concerned we simply look like ragamuffins – SELAH!

So then, what are some of the new garments that God has designed and made available for us to wear?

Colossians 3:12-14 (NIV) tells us: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

In God’s eyes, when we put on mercy, compassion, kindness, humbleness, meekness, longsuffering, forgiveness and love, then we are well-dressed.

In His eyes, when we step out in these spiritual garments, no matter how plain, out of style, simple, old or tattered our natural garments may be, we are “well-dressed”, “elegant”, “dapper”, “looking sharp”…we are “saying something”.

So, Kingdom Ambassador, What are you wearing? 

Are you still in those old-fashioned, outdated clothes from the other kingdom, or are you adorned in new garments made especially for you by our King?

Remember, what we wear spiritually overshadows what we wear physically.

Even if clothed well physically, if we’re not clothed well spiritually, we are not truly well-dressed. 

When dressing each day, let’s reach into the King’s closet first and put on the garments that He has provided for us, then move on and select our natural clothing.

If we do this, we will unquestionably be well-dressed.

What are you wearing?

Shalom!

Kim

 

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TRUST GOD MORE THAN EVER IN 2017

TRUST GOD MORE THAN EVER IN 2017

"GET IN THE ZONE AND TRUST GOD"

“IT’S CRITICAL TO TRUST GOD IN 2017”

 

Happy New Year to all!

I did not intend to post anything today, but I feel impressed to share that this year, it is more important than ever before for us to trust God.

To trust Him, particularly concerning the following 5 areas:

1) The infallible truth of His Word…..

2) The unmatchable greatness of His power…..

3) The irrefutable goodness of His nature…..

4) His indisputable sovereignty, knowing He has the final say on all matters…….

5) His unchangeable love for you as His child…….

We have officially entered the unchartered waters of 2017 and we do not know what this year will bring, but we can make a decision today to trust God.

We can make a decision to trust Him and to show our trust by our obedience and submission to Him, and in our attitude and posture toward Him no matter what we face.

Will you make that decision today?

Will you say, Lord, by Your grace I will trust You this year?

Father, thank you for allowing us to see 2017. As we enter this new year, we declare our desire and decision to trust You and ask that You enable us to do it by Your grace, Your divine enabling power, in Jesus’ Name, amen.

 

“TRUST HIS HEART” – BY BABBIE MASON

 

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.”

(Proverbs 3:5,6 – The Message Bible)

 

“Those who trust in the LORD Are like Mount Zion, Which cannot be moved, but abides forever.”

(Psalms 125:1 – NKJV)

 

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

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WORLD CRISIS ABOUNDS – WHERE IS YOUR FOCUS?

WORLD CRISIS ABOUNDS – WHERE IS YOUR FOCUS?

WORLD CRISIS

“WORLD CRISIS ABOUNDS”

 

WORLD CRISIS ABOUNDS

world crisis abounds

fear, panic and worry everywhere

resting, hoping, and trusting in God the King

 

When I look at the instability of the kingdoms and nations of this world and its leaders, I am more grateful than ever to be a part of God’s Kingdom.

A Kingdom that is unshakable, a Kingdom that has no end, a Kingdom whose citizens span every race, nation, societal level and color, a Kingdom whose King is our Great and Mighty and Matchless God.

Who is like our God?  – Who can withstand Him, who can defy Him, who can counsel Him, who can thwart His purposes, who can undo what He has decreed, who can open what He shuts, who can shut what He opens – who is like our God?

Our God is Great, Mighty and Matchless!

 

“Remember [carefully] the former things [which I did] from ages past;For I am God, and there is no one else;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
Declaring the end and the result from the beginning,
And from ancient times the things which have not [yet] been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will do all that pleases Me and fulfills My purpose”

(Isaiah 46:9, 10 – AMP)

 

“HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD” –  (WORLD EDITION)

FEAT. CHRIS TOMLIN

 

“Great is our [majestic and mighty] Lord and abundant in strength;
His understanding is inexhaustible [infinite, boundless].”

(Psalms 147:5 – AMP)

“There is none like You, O Lord;
You are great, and great is Your mighty and powerful name.
Who would not fear You, O King of the nations?
For it is appropriate and it is Your due!
For among all the wise men of the nations
And in all their kingdoms,
There is none like You.”

(Jeremiah 10:6,7 – AMP)

 

In the face of all the crisis that abounds in our world today, know that we serve a Great God and are citizens of a Great Kingdom.

This is the truth that we must hold fast to.

This is the truth that will anchor our souls.

Our focus on this truth or lack thereof will determine our level of peace or fear.

Our focus on this truth or lack thereof will determine whether we walk on the tumultuous waters of our times or sink in them.

If we keep our eyes on the reality of the Greatness of our God, and on the fact that He is King over all, and on the fact that we belong to His Kingdom which rules over all, we will have more peace and be water walkers, but if we allow our focus to shift onto the crisis that abounds in this world and onto the instability of its leaders, we will have more fear and sink.

Selah!

Where will your focus be?

Will it be God and His Kingdom or on world leaders and the abounding worldwide crisis?

Today God says:

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

(Psalms 46:10 – NIV, 1984)

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

“The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all [the universe].”

(Psalms 103:19 – AMP)

“Your kingdom is a kingdom eternal; you never get voted out of office. God always does what he says, and is gracious in everything he does.”

(Psalms 145:13 – MSG)

“God reigns over the nations;
God sits on His holy throne.”

(Psalms 47:8 – NKJV)

“Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen.”

(I Timothy 1:17 – KJV)

“You will keep him in perfect peace,
 Whose mind is stayed on You,
 Because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever,
 For in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength.”

(Isaiah 26:3, 4 – NIV, 1984)

“God is our refuge and strength,
 an ever-present help in trouble.”

(Psalms 46:1 – NIV, 1984)

 

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MORE THAN EVER BEFORE, WE MUST PRAY FOR THOSE IN GOVERNMENT

MORE THAN EVER BEFORE, WE MUST PRAY FOR THOSE IN GOVERNMENT

DO YOU PRAY FOR YOUR GOVERNMENT?

DO YOU PRAY FOR YOUR GOVERNMENT?

Governments across the globe are struggling to find solutions to the plethora of complex issues that face them – overwhelming debt, a failing economy, increased crime and violence, rising unemployment, insufficient healthcare, shortages of food and water, social unrest, religious clashes, environmental disaster, worker dissatisfaction and labor disputes, mass demonstrations, political uprisings, moral decay and so much more.

Whether via the media, on the streets, at work, or at public or private social gatherings, it is not uncommon to hear Believers and non-believers alike express a barrage of criticism, dissatisfaction, disappointment, disillusionment and even disgust over the actions and/or inaction of some governing ruler or political party.

While responsible freedom of expression in regard to these issues has its rightful place, today I want to remind us as Believers in Christ and Kingdom Citizens to pray for those in authority over us and not just talk about what they are doing, not doing, could do, should do, etc.

“The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how,  for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.”

(I Timothy 2:1-3 – The Message Bible)

Do you pray for those in authority in your nation or are you simply on the verbal bandwagon of expressed feelings and opinions all the while neglecting to pray for them?

When it comes to political and governmental issues, if we as Believers are not careful, we can find ourselves so caught up in talking that we forget to pray……let’s be on alert to not fall into that trap.

Governments across the globe are struggling to find solutions to the plethora of complex issues that face them – overwhelming debt, a failing economy, increased crime and violence, rising unemployment, insufficient healthcare, shortages of food and water, social unrest, religious clashes, environmental disaster, worker dissatisfaction and labor disputes, mass demonstrations, political uprisings, moral decay and so much more.

Remember, while our responsibly expressed feelings and opinions have their rightful place, our governmental leaders need our prayers more than ever, particularly those of the Faith.

“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior.”

(I Timothy 2:1-3 – NLT)

SELAH!

Kim

Note: I originally posted this on June 11, 2014, then on June 14th of last year under the title “THIS GOVERNMENT!!! – DO YOU PRAY” and really felt the need to post it again as a crucial reminder to us all that more than ever before, we need to pray for those who govern our nations.

 

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WANTED: MIGHTY MEN & WOMEN OF VALOR

WANTED: MIGHTY MEN & WOMEN OF VALOR

Do you know that God has called you to a task or assignment but you feel inadequate and unqualified?

I received the following prophetic word by Elaine Tavolacci this morning via my subscription to her website, http://www.awordinseason.info. which I believe will be a timely word for you, and as such, am re-blogging it with her permission.

Be encouraged,

Kim

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CALLING MIGHTY MEN AND WOMEN OF VALOR

CALLING MIGHTY MEN AND WOMEN OF VALOR

November 12, 2016

WANTED: MIGHTY MEN & WOMEN OF VALOR

Elaine Tavolacci

In the natural it may appear as if the churches are dwindling down in membership, Christian friends are falling away, great men and women of God are passing away, and believers are declining in number. But the truth is, that God has a remnant that He has chosen for His end time army to usher in the greatest harvest in history. The fields are white unto harvest and it is about time that we take our place in what we have been called to do. Many of you feel inadequate, unqualified, or uneducated to be used by God.

There was a man in the bible named Gideon who was fearful and weak in his own sight, but mighty in the eyes of God. The name Gideon means “Mighty warrior”. Gideon was called to deliver Israel from the Midianites, but one day Gideon was hiding as they were attacking Israel. God had sent an angel to him saying, “The Lord is with you, mighty man of valor”. Gideon replied with a question, if the Lord is with us, why did all these terrible things happen? The Lord responded, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man. After this encounter with the angel, Gideon went and rescued Israel from the enemy with an army which the Lord had reduced from thirty two thousand men, to three hundred men. The Lord also allowed Gideon to see into the enemies’ camp.

The Holy Spirit is showing me that many of you are fearful and you feel as if an army is rising up against you, but Jesus calls you a mighty man/woman of valor. You will defeat every enemy that attempts to overtake you, and you will be used in a great way.

The Lord says I looking for the mighty men and women of valor. They are those who will take heed to My word, and see themselves as I have created them to be. I am calling forth My warriors who are not fearful or fainthearted. I am looking for those who will walk in faith and are not moved by adverse circumstances. They are those men and women who are willing to go to the front lines regardless of what they hear and see in the natural. They will take Me at My word as they rescue and deliver the captives. Their minds are sharp and their thinking is intuitive, therefore they are not moved by bad reports but will continue to advance into all that I have called them to do. They do not fear the unknown and are not be afraid of what lies ahead. They know that I have given them everything that they need to accomplish My purpose and plan for their life. They will not become weary as the enemy seems to be battering and relentless. As they seek My counsel, I will give them clear understanding and keen discernment. They will seek Me for wisdom and direction when they are in doubt.

I am looking for those who will not tolerate idolatry. They are those who will destroy the god of Baal and the goddess of Asherah. They will sacrifice everything for My name’s sake and they are willing to burn their bridges behind them and forget the mistakes from their past. To them I will expose the plans of the adversary. They will discern the enemies’ tactics and recognize his schemes. They will then understand the assignments that the enemy has brought against them to distract them, and remove them from their purpose and destiny. I will give them discernment to thwart the plans of the enemy over their life. This discernment that I give will bring wisdom and direction. But this discernment that I give will not come without reading My word. This discernment will not come without prayer and intimacy with Me. Store My word in your heart. In the days ahead you will look back and understand that everything that you have done was not in vain.

Though there will be armies ahead of you, I have already made a way of escape. Don’t allow your circumstances to rule your thinking, but align your thoughts with My word. Do not allow discouragement and despair to wear you down. I have created you and called you for such a time as this. Stand strong in the face of adversity and do not be confused about what you see in the natural. As you pray and believe, know that your prayers are powerful and effective. I did not call you to mediocrity but I have called you to conqueror difficult situations that arise abruptly. Submit your lives in total surrender to Me, ask of Me and I will give you the wisdom, discernment and understanding for the days ahead. Just as I sent the angel to Gideon with a message, I say the same to you, rise up you mighty man/ woman of valor and carry out the assignment that I have for you says the Lord.

Judges 6:11-12
“Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!”

Judges 7:13-15
“Gideon arrived just as a man was telling a friend his dream. “I had a dream,” he was saying. “A round loaf of barley bread came tumbling into the Midianite camp. It struck the tent with such force that the tent overturned and collapsed.” His friend responded, “This can be nothing other than the sword of Gideon son of Joash, the Israelite. God has given the Midianites and the whole camp into his hands.” When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he bowed down and worshiped. He returned to the camp of Israel and called out, “Get up! The Lord has given the Midianite camp into your hands.”

1 Corinthians 1:26 – 29
“For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.”

By Elaine Tavolacci

A Word In Season – http://www.awordinseason.info.

Original Christian Song – “Where Did Our Boldness Go?’

 written and sung by Damon Gerber

I hope the word and song was a blessing to you.

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

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A GOOD THING???

A GOOD THING???

BE CAREFUL

A GOOD THING IS NOT ALWAYS A GOOD THING!

“Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. 7 After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. 8 So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas.”

(Acts 16:6-8 – NKJV)

Speaking of the Apostle Paul and his ministry team, the above scripture states that they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the Word in Asia, then when they came to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but again, the Spirit did not permit them.

What!

Isn’t preaching the Word something God wants to happen?

Isn’t it something He has commanded done as a fundamental,  part of His plan to build the Body of Christ and advance His Kingdom?

Isn’t it a good thing???

Yes, in and of itself, preaching the Word is a good thing, but in these instances, to have done so at the time in these places clearly was not a good thing from God’s perspective otherwise the Holy Spirit would not have stopped them from doing so.

So what can we learn from this?

Some small yet powerful takeaways are:-

  1. God may say “no” to what we consider a good thing. 

He is Lord, so His divine purpose is ultimately key.

2. God’s definition of good entails more than our definition of good.

Many times we base our definition of good purely on the nature of an action, however, from God’s view, it is not just the nature of an action that makes it good, but also whether or not He has sanctioned the action to be done at the time, and/or place and/or with the person(s) we propose to do it.

  3.     It is not always the enemy coming against us when we attempt to do “good” things and are forbidden or blocked.

When we encounter internal or external resistance or obstructions, we need to exercise spiritual discernment to determine its source whether of God or the enemy.

Selah!

So why did the Holy Spirit not permit Paul and his ministry team to preach the Word in Asia or Bithynia, the ensuing verses reveal that God’s will was for the Apostle Paul and his ministry team to go to Macedonia at that time so that is where they instead headed.

When it comes to doing good, it is God’s will, purpose and  intention that is important, not ours.

He is Lord, so our obedience to Him is what ultimately determines whether good is truly being done.

Be encouraged,

Kim

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BACK-TO-SCHOOL PRAYER FOR 2016-2017

BACK-TO-SCHOOL PRAYER FOR 2016-2017

 

PRAY FOR OUR CHILDREN AS THEY RETURN TO SCHOOL

PRAY FOR OUR CHILDREN, TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS AND SUPPORT STAFF AS THEY RETURN TO SCHOOL

 

The summer break is just about over and the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year is upon us.

As such, it is important that we pray for our students, teachers, administrators, and support staff as they return to school campuses all over the world.

Below is a back-to-school prayer that I encourage you to pray in faith with Believers worldwide, believing God to move on our behalf for His honor and glory.

Let us pray:

Father, we come to You in the Name of Jesus thanking you for all that You’ve done, known and unknown, during the past school years………..for this, we are forever grateful.

As we enter this new School Year, we ask that You give our students, teachers, administrators, and support staff a spirit of excellence, a mind to work hard, and that You empower them to do well and make the most of each opportunity presented to them.

When things get difficult, grant them a spirit of determination and perseverance to push through and not give up. Help them to recognize and understand that You are their very present help in times of trouble no matter where they are or what they face.

Father, protect and keep our students, teachers, administrators, and support staff. Shield them from all harm and danger. Help them to avoid every trap and foil every plan of the enemy. We cover them in the Blood of Jesus and ask that Your warring angels encamp around them and guard them in all of their ways.

And, more than ever before, help them to hold fast to the Truth of Your Word and not be deceived into believing, accepting or practicing any doctrine, philosophy, or behavior, that is contrary to Your Divine Will and Standards…….even if exposed to their minds, may it not enter their hearts, but let Your Truth always reign supreme in their innermost being.

Father, help our students, teachers, administrators, and support staff to maintain an atmosphere and environment that is conducive to learning and development. Help them to submit to established rules and order and to practice respect. Should disagreement or conflict arise, enable peace and harmony to be wisely and speedily restored without violence or abuse at any level . 

Strengthen and comfort all who are coming from homes or personal situations filled with need, strife, and trauma and are secretly hurting and broken within. Enable them to work well in spite of their situations. Intervene on their behalf and bring help, healing and restoration. Touch them and let them know and experience Your love and presence in a special way. 

Father, make each student, teacher, administrator, and support staff mindful of their responsibility to represent You well as Ambassadors of Your Kingdom. Remind them that they are salt and light on their school campuses with an assignment to advance Your Kingdom and influence those in their environment for Your honor and glory.

Let Your power and anointing rest upon and work through them making them notably distinct and different, and enabling them to demonstrate Godly wisdom, character, principles and love to all so hearts may be touched, lives changed and souls saved. 

Father we place this 2016-2017 School Year and everyone and everything concerning it into Your hands acknowledging our need for and dependence on You.

Thank You in advance for all that You will do for Your honor and glory in Jesus’ Name, amen.

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

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WHAT KIND OF FOOD DO YOU SERVE GOD’S PEOPLE?

WHAT KIND OF FOOD DO YOU SERVE GOD’S PEOPLE?

Pastor, preacher, what kind of food do you serve God’s people?

 

JUNK FOOD?

SWEET & EMPTY

SWEET & EMPTY

Junk Food A message filled with philosophies, opinions, and doctrines that sound good intellectually and/or stir emotions deeply, but that is not rooted and grounded in the Word and therefore provides no spiritual nourishment .

 

FAST FOOD?

QUICK AND CONVENIENT

QUICK & CONVENIENT

Fast FoodA message prepared by someone as a result of the revelation, instruction, and direction they received from spending time in the Word and in the presence of God, and then conveniently picked up and served/ministered by another without any preparation on their part. 

 

HOME COOKED FOOD?

CAREFULLY PREPARED & NUTRITIOUS

NUTRITIOUS & DELICIOUS

Home Cooked Food – A message obtained by prayerfully going into the presence of God with His Word and asking “Lord what would you have me to say to our people?”, waiting for revelation, instruction, and direction then preparing and serving/ministering it as given by the Holy Spirit.

 

Pastor, preacher, what kind of food do you serve God’s people?

SELAH!

 

As a note, I must say I am truly grateful to God to have a pastor, Apostle Rick Dean, who always makes it a priority to serve the people of God entrusted to his care at Family of Faith Ministries International, nutritious and delicious Home Cooked Food….Apostle, your sacrifice is appreciated.

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

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